Architecture for Humanity Sets Up Haiti Relief Effort

On 01.12.10 a powerful 7.0 quake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This was followed by more than 30+ strong aftershocks. There has been widespread major damage and a loss of life estimated to be in the tens of thousands. There are projections of 2-3 million residents without shelter.

Architecture for Humanity will soon start exploring specific opportunities for rebuilding projects in cooperation with its partners on the ground. In the meantime, it has launched a fundraising appeal to support this long term reconstruction effort.

In its reconstruction plan, Architecture for Humanity has outlined several phases: Pre-Planning Assessments and Damage Analysis (underway, will run for a year); Establish Community Resource Center and Reconstruction Studio (Week 6 to Month 3); Sorting Out Land Tenure and Building Ownership (Month 6 to Year 5); Transitional Shelters, Health Clinics and Community Structures (Month 6 to Year 2); Schools, Hospitals and Civic Structures (Month 9 to Year 3); and Permanent Housing (Year 1 to Year 5). To get involved, click here.

The AIA-New Jersey 2009 Design Award winners include, in the following categories: “Built,” Port Authority Ferry Terminal at the World Financial Center by Donald T. Fram, FAIA, Port Authority chief architect, Robert I. Davidson, FAIA, chief architect retired, and FTL Architecture & Engineering Associates (Honor Award), and PREttyFAB by GRO Architects, and Roberts Soccer Stadium at Princeton University by Anderson Architects (Merit Awards); “Unbuilt,” Al Asmariya University for Islamic Sciences, Zliten Campus by RMJM Architects & Planners (Honor Award), and Headquarters for Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Dubai and the Georgia Institute of Technology Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory by HDR CUH2A (Merit Awards)…

The 57th Annual P/A Award Winners include the Museum of Image and Sound by Diller Scofidio + Renfro; LM Harbor Gateway by Steven Holl Architects; and Five Principles for Greenwich South: A Model for Lower Manhattan by Architecture Research Office (ARO)… The 2010 AR/MIPIM Future Projects Award winners include Nordhavnen: City Regenerative by FXFOWLE Architects, and Al-Birr Foundation Headquarters by Perkins+Will

Architectural Record‘s “Good Design is Good Business” China Award Winners include these NY-based firms in the following categories: “Best Commercial Project,” Chervon International Trading Company, Perkins+Will, and Shanghai World Financial Center, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; “Best Public Project,” United States Embassy of Beijing, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; “Best Residential Project,” Linked Hybrid, Steven Holl Architects, and Evian Town (Phase II), RMJM Architects & Planners; “Best Green Project,” Vanke Center, Steven Holl Architects; “Best Planning Project,” Longchi Town Conceptual Master Plan, AECOM Design + Planning, and Meixi Lake Master Plan, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Citizens Housing & Planning Council’s 51st Annual Luncheon will honor Michael Schill, Dean, University of Chicago School of Law and Founding Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy with the Impact Award for Excellence in Housing, and Steve Ross, Chairman, CEO, and Founder of The Related Companies with the Impact Award for Excellence in Planning…

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) has awarded AARRIS Architects and its president, Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA, NOMA, its Honor in Design Excellence Award for the African Burial Ground National Monument; Hollant-Denis was also recently named NOMA’s National Liaison to Haiti…

The Architect’s Newspaper will receive a 2010 Collaborative Achievement Award at the AIA National Convention in Miami… Perkins+Will will receive a 2010 National Building Museum Honor Award for the company’s commitment to civic innovation in design, construction, and education…

Butler Rogers Baskett Architects has renovated the Johnson Chapel at the Trinity School… City College of New York (CCNY) announced the founding of a scholarship in honor of James L. Lammie, former CEO and Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff, and endowed by New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch

Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, has joined Dattner Architects as the chief marketing officer… Bill Bouchey, IIDA, has joined the NY office of M Moser Associates as design director… Jeff Knoll and Lillian Kim, LEED AP, have joined Ted Moudis Associates (TMA) as design manager and senior designer, respectively… Evan Weremeychik, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to vice president and is leading Karlsberger’s NYC Health and Science Architecture practice… James Kolker, AIA, LEED AP, has joined NBBJ as a senior associate…

01.28.10: The desigNYC Kickoff Summit was held at AIGA. Over the past month, desigNYC has helped match 10 not-for-profit organizations with 10+ design professionals / firms. The summit will provide an opportunity for the project teams to meet (many for the first time), introduce themselves and their projects, and learn about desigNYC’s recommendations for managing a successful collaboration.


desgiNYC Kickoff Summit.

Kate Glicksberg


(L-R): desigNYC adviser James Biber, FAIA; Christine Datz-Romero; their design partner, Andrew Berman, AIA; and Caroline Kruse of the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Theo Morrison

2010 Oculus Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards:

Spring: Architect as Leader: (CLOSED).

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2010: (CLOSED).

Fall: Thinking Back / Thinking Forward and Understanding the Shift: The recession has given us the opportunity to reflect on the last decades of design and building — and what might be ahead. We will investigate trends in design, building, and marketing that are coming into play. What are the next steps in social media, BIM, sustainability, technology, competitions, stalled projects, adaptive re-use, design for flexibility, mergers and firm acquisitions?
Submit story ideas by 05.21.09

Winter: Practice without Borders: The world is growing smaller. New York is an international city, and it is easier than ever for overseas firms to work here and for New York City firms to work abroad. We will look into reciprocity, licensure, removal of boundaries to practice, and international competitions as ways to build renown.
Submit story ideas by 08.13.09

02.15.10 Call for Entries: Output — International Design and Architecture Student Award

02.16.10 Registration Deadline Extention: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion

02.19.10 Call for Proposals: AIANY Curtain Wall Installation Design: Integrate: Innovate

02.22.10 Call for Nominations: Building Brooklyn Awards

03.01.10 Call for Entries: USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Small, Green, Affordable

03.01.10 Call for Entries: SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards

03.08.10 Request for Proposals: GSA, US Federal Building

03.09.10 Request for Proposals: GSA, Courthouse Annex

03.15.10 Call for Applications: NEA Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (Grants)

03.19.10 Call for Entries: IIDA NY 2010 Student Scholarship Awards Program

03.26.10 Call for Entries: metalmag 2010 Architectural Awards

03.26.10 Call for Entries: Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space 3 (TOGS 3) International Ideas Competition

04.16.10 Call for Entries: Office Needs for Good Deeds

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


Helfand Spotlight Series: urbanSHED


On view December 18 — February 10, 2010.

Finnish Films on Architecture: Three Houses


On view January 30 — February 27, 2010.

Through 02.20.10
Chairs by Sook Jin Jo



O.K. Harris Gallery

Korean-born, NY-based artist Sook Jin Jo combines a minimalist sense of pure structure with a love for rough-hewn materials. Conceptually, they invite a meditative and physical interaction with asymmetrical balances and unexpected harmonies of color, texture, and shape. Form, meaning, and effect are united by a single spiritual purpose: reclamation.

O.K. Harris Gallery Works of Art
383 West Broadway, NYC

Through 02.21.10
Native Land, Stop Eject


EXIT Animated map: Natural Disasters.

© Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan, Ben Rubin

In response to the recent COP15 conference on climate change in Copenhagen, this exhibition explores the meaning of sedentariness and nomadism. Filmmaker Raymond Depardon gives a voice to those who wish to remain on their land but are threatened with exile. Philosopher Paul Virilio, in collaboration with the artists and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, and Laura Kurgan, examines and challenges new trends in contemporary human movement due to environmental, political, and economic factors.

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Nyhavn 2, DK 1051 Copenhagen, Denmark

Through 02.26.10
Material of the Year


Concrete Cloth by Concrete Canvas.

Material ConneXion/Concrete Canvas

This exhibition showcases Material ConneXion’s 2009 MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year inaugural winner and honorable mention recipients. UK-based Concrete Canvas’s Concrete Cloth was the winner (See In the News for more on the winning concept).

Material ConneXion
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC

Through 02.26.10
Living Architectures: Four Architectural Movies by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine


Living Architectures.

Storefront for Art and Architecture

Filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine create intimate portraits of iconic contemporary buildings, giving backstage access to their inner lives and hidden workings. The films depict the everyday human activities within Richard Meier & Partners Architects’ Church in Rome, Frank Gehry and Partners’ Guggenheim Bilbao, and Herzog & de Meuron’s Pomerol Winery, alongside footage of Rem Koolhass/OMA’s Maison à Bordeaux.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, NYC